Dolly's Bike Blog

Musings about fun between my legs

2013 Southern Route USA

Since at least 1997, I had yearned to attempt a cross country bike ride. That summer, my friend Warren rode from LA to Boston. He called me from Winslow, AZ; I rode with him when he passed through Indiana, and I celebrated his accomplishment when he returned. But I, too, wanted to “explore” the USA. I had always loved Charles Kuralt and his tales of small towns off the interstate. What better way to see our great country?

With children, a job, and a widowed mother in failing health, the dream was put on the back burner of life for 15 years. Early in 2012, when I asked my husband if he was interested in such an adventure, he declined without hesitation. And I “discovered” WomanTours – a wonderful “girly group” that seemed to have great support (before and during the ride) and reasonable daily miles (reasonable if I train well).

So in March 2013, the dream – and adventures – began!

I turned 65 while on the ride – it seemed like a fitting way to celebrate – in El Paso, Texas, where my 100 year old mother passed away in December 2011. I think she would have been nervously excited for me.


  • March 26, 2013
    March 26: Fort Hancock to Van Horn, Texas Whoever said the prevailing winds blow from west to east has never been in west Texas. Yesterday, we rode south south east and the wind was at our face. Today we rode east south east and the wind was still in our face. It makes for a long hard ... Continue reading →
  • March 28, 2013
    March 27: Van Horn to Fort Davis, TX Carol told us at map meeting that today’s route was long and hard – she wasn’t kidding. Because of the distance, 89 miles, we got an early start, just as the sun was rising in Van Horn. The first 20 miles we rode on the shoulder of I-10, some downhill, ... Continue reading →
  • March 28, 2013
    March 28: After yesterday’s hard ride, it was easy to sleep in past 7 am. I did wake up in time to enjoy this sunrise. Beautiful early morning views of the Lodge and the nearby hills. We tried to arrange transportation to the Observatory some 13 miles back uphill, but were unsuccessful. So we decided to hike the ... Continue reading →
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